A German military aircraft with 20 doctors and nurses, as well as fans and hospital beds, arrived in Portugal on Wednesday, a country stricken by Coronavirus Where a huge increase in cases has led to many European countries offering aid.
The German team would manage the new eight-bed wing of an intensive care unit at Lisbon’s Hospital Da Luz, which was equipped but lacked personnel to operate, said Health Minister Marta Temido, at the military base where the plane landed.
“Eight beds may not sound like much, but it’s enough for the healthcare system under considerable pressure,” Temido said. “The help that Germany has offered is very useful for a health system that faces the challenges we face? Highly skilled health professionals.”
The medical team, comprising two doctors and 18 nurses, took 150 hospital beds and 50 ventilators with them.
“It is a vivid sign of European solidarity and a symbol of hope,” said German Ambassador Martin on the military base.
Are hospitals across the country of just over 10 million people on the verge of collapse? Ambulances sometimes wait for hours due to lack of beds, and some health facilities struggle to find sufficient refrigerated space to preserve the body of the deceased.
For most Portuguese people, vaccination against the virus at the end of the tunnel is mild, but so far around 75,000 people have been fully vaccinated with the two required doses.
Portugal, which has recorded a total of 13,257 Kovid-19 deaths and 740,944 cases so far, recorded nearly half of all Kovid-19 deaths last month, when cases accelerated.